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What is A Level Textiles?

A Level Textiles opens up a lot of opportunities in the field of Art & Design. If you have a passion for art and textiles and you are interested in potential careers in industries such as fashion, arts & crafts, fine art, printed textiles, ceramics, fashion marketing or journalism, then A Level Textiles is a good starting point.

What Will You Study?

In your first year, you will have a portfolio project and an exam project. Your portfolio project will enable you to learn techniques including, hand/machine embroidery, using the sewing machines, print making, ceramics, fashion illustration and constructing a garment/wall hanging & jewellery making. With the exam unit you are given a range of questions to choose from. You will spend time researching your chosen theme through a series of observational drawings, photographs and visits to museums/galleries.
In your second year, you will have to complete a personal investigation and an externally set assignment. The first unit is a chance to work towards your own interests.You can choose your own theme to work from. Themes in the past have included architecture, narrative, natural forms, events in history, man-made objects, cultural themes and many more. As well as your practical work, you will produce an essay of 2000-3000 words. For your exam you will be given a range of questions to work from, you will spend time researching through drawing, gallery visits, exhibitions and taking your own photographs.

What Next?

Many of our students choose to stay at Cardinal Newman to complete the Foundation Art and Design course, whereas others go straight to university. We have very strong links with universities and recent destinations have included: Manchester Metropolitan University, London College of Fashion, Bath Spa, Central St Martin’s London and Edinburgh University.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in GCSE Art or a 5 in GCSE Textiles.

Design Technology and Graphic Design students will be subject to an interview with a portfolio of work.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Fine Art, Business Studies, Media Studies, Digital Photography and English.

Interesting Fact

In June of each year we offer a London residential to all Textiles students. In the past, students have visited the Alexander McQueen Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum and have been to see West End shows to gain insight into costume and textile design in professional productions.

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